What Causes Crow’s Feet

What Are Crows Feet?

If you’re concerned that fine lines near your eyes are saying something about you that isn’t true, it may be time to schedule a consultation to talk about Crows Feet with Dr. Johnson.

For very few individuals, fine lines around the eyes make them look distinguished, renowned or esteemed. For the rest of us, fine lines around the eyes just make us look older. If you’re concerned that fine lines near your eyes are saying something about you that isn’t true, it may be time to schedule a consultation to talk about crow’s feet with Dr. Johnson.

Causes of Crows Feet?

Crows Feet most commonly develop because of:

  • Repeated normal squinting or smiling
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes due to aging

Repeated normal squinting or smiling causes muscle contractions of the ocular Orbis muscle, which is the largest muscle around the eyes. These actions include normal and benign everyday motions like squinting or smiling. When the muscle contracts repeatedly, like it is during squinting, lines on the skin develop. Over time, these lines become permanent, and your skin becomes wrinkled.

Other contributors to the development of Crows Feet include frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun, as UV rays damage the skin by decreasing key elements of collagen and elastin. When this occurs, the skin wrinkles more easily when you squint.

Smoking also contributes to the development of Crows Feet because it also damaged the collagen and elastin of the skin. Smoking also reduces blood flow, which deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients needed to be healthy.

Hormonal changes brought on by menopause also contribute to a decrease in skin quality and elasticity because decreasing estrogen levels reduce collagen and elastin, too. This means that if you develop crow’s feet early on in life (and they can start as young as your thirties), they likely will worsen after menopause as your estrogen drops.

How To Reduce Crows Feet?

You Can X out Crow’s Feet with Xeomin So, what can you do to prevent crow’s feet and other fine lines as you age? You can stay out of the sun, quit smoking, and check out hormone replacement therapy. You can also get Xeomin injections. Xeomin is a pure form of botulinum toxin (Botox) an injectable that temporarily freezes the muscles of the face that contract when you squint. By paralyzing these muscles, your skin does not crease or wrinkle and the chance of developing lines decreases. Xeomin can be injected near the eyes to treat crow’s feet and can be used between the brows. This helps to prevent frown lines between the brows and lines that develop across the forehead caused by the furrowing of the brow. Effects of Xeomin are fully realized within about five days and results last on average between three to six months for most patients.

How Many Units Of Botox / Xeomin Are Used For Crows Feet?

It usually takes about 15 to 20 units of Botox or Xeomin for full correction.

If you’re concerned about crow’s feet and want to talk to Dr. Johnson about Xeomin, give him a call at  214-643-8665

 

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